Government Affairs

Event Urban Design Committee Meeting

February 24, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Event Urban Design Committee Meeting

January 27, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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CodeNEXT Roundtable: SoundCheck

Our quarterly AIA CodeNEXT Roundtable provided a chance to celebrate the recent AIA urban planning tours and share community engagement opportunities.

Year of the Advocate

Civic Architects here at AIA Austin tirelessly volunteer to influence and shape the policies and legislation that impact our designed environment.  I have yet to find another City where architects are so passionately, constructively active in a broad range of local policy.  


As our City Hall debates disclosure rules for lobbying, I want to take a moment to celebrate some new and growing relationships that have helped us get heard this past season:


Lobbyist Ordinance and Civic Architects

Architects are licensed by the state to protect public health, safety, and welfare.  This can lead to leadership positions within the community such as board & commission service.  These Civic Architects may be called upon by regulatory officials to help define problems and opportunities associated with existing or new policies, procedures, and ordinances.  Might this be considered lobbying?
The definition of lobbying is rapidly undergoing a rewrite here in the City of Austin, with changes potentially in place next month (October 2015.)